House energy audit / Guides

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...energy audit? An energy audit is a home inspection that calculates the total energy consumption of your house , including all electricity and fossil fuels for lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, and apparently Canadians are going to soon be eligible for free home energy audits, net zero home grants & interest-...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...house gas (GHG) emissions. What this means for homeowners and buyers, is that before a house can be put on the market it will require an energy audit and rating, which will be paid for by the government. “Ontarians deserve to know how a home operates when comparing properties to better understand their monthly future p...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ENERGY STAR for New Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than homes built to provincial building codes alone. ENERGY STAR is most commonly known for its evaluation of energy efficient appliances, fixtures, windows and doors...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...houses before we see noticeable change in our energy consumption, but this draws attention to the abysmal performance we accept from houses, the ones standing as well as most of those being built. It's time to focus and invest more in retaining energy than supplying energy . If the gas tank on your car leaked, would yo...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019 as part of their as part of their Net Zero Home Grants & I...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...energy performance. All new home construction projects in the city must now go through an EnerGuide audit, and homes built to city building bylaws would be expected to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 80 or better. Blower door test © Ecohome Part of that audit is a blower door test which involves sealing your h...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...energy audits, retrofits, and net-zero home construction. To help Canadians save more on their monthly energy bills, the Government also plans to make ENERGY STAR certified appliances mandatory for all new home appliances beginning in 2022. To help make large commercial buildings more energy efficient, the govern...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air gaps At least three ENERGY STAR certified energy efficient major appliances For more information, visit the BMO . Genworth Canada: With their Energy-Efficient Housing Program, home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations ar...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...energy independence since you rely on the energy you’ve stored rather than using energy from the grid in off-hours. However, if you connect to the grid, you don’t have to spend money on battery systems and you may be able to sell the excess energy you produce back to utility companies. Read here about The latest solar ...